Arts Council England
5th February 2024
3rd March 2024
Job Type
Salary (£)
20,000/year - 50,000/year
North West


Arts Council England

North Area Director

Salary: £89,968 per annum

Locations: Newcastle, Manchester, or Leeds

The Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. They champion creativity and culture across the country, develop talent in every corner of the nation, and support artists, practitioners and cultural organisations to work in partnership and to be world-leading.

Their ambitious Strategy for 2020-2030, Let’s Create, is an invitation to those who share their beliefs to come together and create new opportunities for every person in England to get creative and enjoy brilliant culture.

At the heart of their new Strategy is the belief that creativity and culture make lives better, empowering people to realise their potential. On the public stage, they advocate for the value of creativity for all adults and children, raising awareness of how the work of arts organisations, museums and libraries is intrinsic to the happiness, wellbeing and the shared life of our communities. They also champion the remarkable contribution of the arts and creative industries to our economy.

While much remains to be done, Arts Council England is in a good position to move forward and has enjoyed significant success in recent years - increasing the resilience and diversity of the sector and helping the arts to lead regeneration in towns and cities across England.

As part of their continued evolution, they are seeking a new North Area Director.

The North, which comprises some of the UK’s most culturally and economically significant and ambitious cities together with vibrant rural landscapes and communities, has a vital and exciting role to play in delivering Arts Council England’s vision. As the Area Director for the North you will be part of the Arts Council’s national leadership team, ensuring culture thrives for the benefit of all the communities of the North and for the country as a whole.

Leading a team of 78 staff who support activities across the whole of the cultural sector you will be responsible for managing a substantial budget, approximately £195 million each year. You will lead our relationships with a range of stakeholders including the Combined Authorities, local and national politicians, cultural organisations and their leaders and National Lottery distributors.

Locally you will work in partnership on initiatives to ensure that local investment in creativity and culture has the greatest impact on local ecologies, such as the economy, jobs, education, community cohesion and health and wellbeing.

As part of the national leadership team, you will, on occasion, be leading on national projects, or external relationships which will require you to work with Government Departments and national agencies.

The organisation is a committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. They acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the industry and are committed to doing what they can to correct this. They are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class now or in the past.

To find out more, please visit our microsite:

For an informal conversation about the role or process please contact Jon Morrison from our Executive Search Partners, Green Park, on

Closing date: 11:59pm Sunday 3rd March 2024

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